I am planning on building a new efficient rig. I am planning to get the Core 2 Duo E8400 cpu as soon as its available for sale, also I am looking for a mobo that supports both ddr2 and ddr3 so when ddr3 price drops i might upgrade then.
I am not sure wich is better x38 or p35 chipsets they both support ddr2 and ddr3.
sli is not an option i want. crossfire dont care much but maybe in future.
i intend on using a 64b os so i can correctly handle more than 4gb ram.
extreme overclocking isnt my goal here. although i will be using Exos-2 LX cooling system.
the 2 main P35 mobos that support both DDR2 & DDR3 that I'm aware of are the Asus P5KC & the Gigabyte P35C-DS3R.
In general though if overclocking is a consideration "combo" mobos tend not to do as well as mobos optimised for 1 type of RAM only.
If you aren't concerned about SLI/Crossfire then there is no real performance difference between P35 & X38 & P35 will be cheaper.
Of course you could also wait a few months for P45.
these 3 boards from gigabyte support ddr2 and ddr3
i think they all have the same specs but whats the difference between EP35C and P35C?
GA-P35C-DS3 (rev. 2.0) no on board raid
GA-P35C-DS3R (rev. 2.1) on board raid
GA-EP35C-DS3R (rev. 2.1)